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End of the Year Gift & Tax Planning Article #6: Giving Tuesday All Month Long

  Everyday is Giving Tuesday this month in support of Scouts! In case you missed your chance to participate in Giving Tuesday last week, and haven’t yet made your Friends of Scouting gift to support the program you have benefited from this year, it’s not too late. Everyday this December is Giving Tuesday in support […]

End of the Year Gift and Tax Planning Tip Article #5: The James E. West Society

You can ensure that OCBSA continues to provide many unique opportunities for our youth to develop important and useful life skills far into the future by investing in the Council’s James E. West Fellowship. In so doing, you create an endowed legacy of stewardship that develops leadership, outdoor, and emergency skills, and provides personal growth […]

OCBSA’s Wildly Important Goal

At the beginning of 2016, the Orange County Council embarked on a daring course – they turned over the setting of the yearly goals to the full-time staff. Over the course of the yearly planning conference, the staff selects the three Wildly Important Goals (WIG) they commit to meeting by the end of the year. […]

What do you do when the Dow is at 23,000?

Give the gift of appreciated stock as part of year-end tax and philanthropic planning. In recent weeks, the stock market has been climbing and reaching new levels never seen before. You might ask, “Why is the stock market so high?” and, “Is there a way in which this can help Scouting in Orange County?” Our […]

Help Yourself While Helping Boy Scouts

Did you know that you can make a gift to OCBSA that returns income to you? That’s right! Many of our Scouting donors are enjoying the benefit of a lifelong fixed income through our Gift Annuity program. In addition to the benefits listed below, you can have peace of mind not having to worry about […]

Young American Award Winner Goes on to World’s Premier Culinary School

     Andres began the Culinary Pathway his 8th Grade Summer in the Introduction to Baking Course offered at Los Amigos. He then proceeded to take the Culinary Arts, Baking and Event Catering Classes needed to complete the Hospitality Pathway! Still hungry for more Andy joined and later became President of both the Culinary Arts Club […]

Five Tips: End of the Year Giving

Most people make charitable gifts at the end of the year, and do so without much planning.  Your gift does make a difference in the lives of the Scouts and families served by OCBSA. This year you might consider how the following strategies might benefit you as you plan to support Scouting. Estimate your income […]

Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center Update

  11/17/17 | 3:00 pm ​We’re coming back in 2018 better than ever! ​It has been an exciting and busy few weeks as we continue to make repairs to the damage caused by the Canyon Fire 2 last month here at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center. ​Work this week includes: ​Planning for erosion control […]

Clarification on Adult Registration Requirement Beginning with 2018 Boy Scout Camp Season

The following was sent from National Council Boy Scouts of America: The BSA’s new adult registration requirements — which mandate that all adults accompanying a Boy Scout troop to a residence camp or other Scouting activity lasting 72 hours or more must be registered as a leader, including completion of a criminal background check and […]

Seventy 8th Graders Attend Leadership Camp at IROEC

          The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center (IROEC) hosted a five-day leadership camp. The 8th grade class from Sacred Heart in Palm Desert attended the camp from 18th until the 22nd of September. Over ten different teambuilding initiative programs took place throughout the five days, from a personality test to a […]

What Can You Do as a Parent or Leader to Prevent Bullying?

With new kids joining Units this time of year, Scouts can have a difficult time with bullying. Bullying is defined as a conscious, willing, deliberate and repeated hostile activity marked by an imbalance of power, intent to harm, and/or threat of aggression. When bullying goes from bad to worse, it may lead to a feeling […]

Fall Recruitment Has Arrived!

With the beginning of fall, many new “seasons” kick-off in our communities and culture. NFL Football, Back-to-School marketing from department stores, community harvest events and of course with Scouting, the Fall Recruitment Season kicks-off. Thousands of boys and their families are anticipating an invitation to sign-up for Scouting, especially families with kindergartners who have learned […]

OC Boy Scouts Fly to Houston to Assist Victims

             Scouts from Troop 772 heard about the devastation from Hurricane Harvey in Houston and wanted to see how they could help. Maggie Holly, the mother of Boy Scout Troy Holly, works for TongueOut, a nonprofit organization that travels around the world visiting countries that need assistance with medical care. […]

Simancek Family is newest James E. West honoree

The Simancek Family became the newest James E. West member as they celebrated their son Dimitrios’ return from the Boy Scout National Jamboree this summer.  The Simancek Family believes in the positive power of Scouting and all it has done for them and Dimitrios.  After such an amazing Jamboree experience they wanted to “pay it […]

Youth Protection Training Update

Effective September 1, 2017, Youth Protection Training (YPT) will be required for all adult leaders at the time of registration. Paper applications from new leaders must be accompanied by a Youth Protection Training completion certificate, which must be filed with the application. Because completion of YPT is now required for all leaders at the time […]